Created on Friday, 22 July 2011 09:14
A Royersford man accused of kidnapping and beating his former girlfriend and threatening to kill her has pleaded not guilty. 27-year-old Daman Smoot is charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault, terroristic threats and other offenses. The alleged incident happened June 23 in an area near Hauseman, King and Camp Green Lane Roads in Salford Township. She was apparently driving home after breaking off their relationship when Smoot pulled his vehicle in front of hers, blocking her path. Then he allegedly pulled her driver’s side door open and threatened to kill her while hitting and pushing her repeatedly. After that he pushed her to the passenger seat, jumped in and drove to an abandoned property on King Road, where people using a nearby recreational trail heard her screaming for help and called Pennsylvania State Police. Troopers say Smoot eventually released the woman, warning her he would kill her if she told police.